Virtual Workshop

The Mechanics of a Puppet

With Branar Téatar do Pháisti

Build a Puppet

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Discover how to bring everyday objects to life in a puppet-making workshop with Branar Téatar do Pháistí. 

Playback one of our favorite workshops from The Festival of Curiosity 2020 earlier this summer. In the video below you can join Marc Mac Lochlainn of Galway’s Branar Téatar do Pháistí for an online workshop to make a puppet at home using vegetables.  Marc will show you how everyday ordinary objects you can find at home can come to life while exploring joints and the mechanics of movement.

Branar Téatar do Pháistí is one of the leading theatre companies making work for children in Ireland. They create beautiful, innovative, high-quality productions that inspire children and their families.

Materials Needed:

  • A big potato
  • A small potato
  • A big carrot
  • Two scallions
  • A pair of scissors
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • A knife (must only be used by a grown-up!)
  • Cocktail sticks/matches
  • A chopping board

Part of Science Week 2020

Science Week Ireland is a week-long event in Ireland each November, celebrating science in our everyday lives. Taking place in 2020 from November 8th to 15th the programme includes workshops, science shows, talks, laboratory demonstrations, science walks and other science-related events. To find out more visit

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